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Monday, February 17, 2014


Vatican City, 15 February 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis received the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, who subsequently went on to meet with Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State, accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial discussions, which highlighted the good relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Cyprus, mention was made of several matters of common interest, such as the positive role of religion in society and the protection of the right to religious freedom. Satisfaction was expressed at the resumption of negotiations aiming at the development of a shared solution to the Island’s current situation. Finally, the Parties indicated their concern regarding the political instability affecting the region of the Near and Middle East, which leads to great suffering on the part of civilian populations, and shared their hope that the Christian communities in the various countries may continue to offer their contribution to building a future of material and spiritual well-being.

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